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MARLINS HOT STOVE

I’ve got 2 action-packed hours of baseball talk for you tonight on Marlins Hot Stove from 7-9 p.m. on 940 WINZ, iHeart Radio and Marlins.com/Hot Stove.

My guests include Marlins pitching coach Chuck Hernandez and first baseman Justin Bour. Kyle Sielaff has a fascinating conversation with long-time major league umpire and current Umpiring Observer Steve Rippley, and I’ll preview the 2015 Washington Nationals with one of their radio play-by-play voices Dave Jageler.

We’ll also discuss the latest news around Major League Baseball, and I hope you’ll participate in tonight’s show as well. Among the topics on the table: recent discussions about trying to speed up the pace of major league games. Tweet me your opinions or your questions or, better yet, call in when we open the phone lines during our second hour.

For more on the Marlins and Major League Baseball, follow me on Twitter at @GlennGeffner and friend me on Facebook at Facebook.com/GlennGeffner. To have new Fish Tales posts delivered directly to you via email, please click the “Follow” button and enter your email address. And join me for Marlins Hot Stove talk every Monday night from 7-9 p.m. on AM 940 WINZ, iHeart Radio and Marlins.com/HotStove.

GOOD RIDDANCE

For all the talk about the anticipated improvement we’ll see from the Marlins in 2015 due to this winter’s slew of roster additions, the club also stands to benefit in the new year from addition by subtraction.

Marlins fans should be thrilled to say goodbye to 4 players subtracted from the rosters of National League East rivals this offseason.

Nationals relief ace Tyler Clippard, traded to the Oakland Athletics yesterday, has been as tough as on the Marlins as any pitcher in the game since he joined the Nats in 2008.

In 52 career appearances against Miami, Clippard is 3-1 with a save and a 1.25 ERA, limiting the Marlins to a .159 batting average while striking out 74 and allowing only 31 hits in 57 2/3 innings.

He was particularly tough on the Marlins over the last 2 seasons, going 1-0 with a 0.86 ERA and a .116 average allowed in 2013-14, surrendering only 2 runs on 8 hits while fanning 28 in 21 innings.

Since the Marlins joined the league in 1993, no player has scored more runs or collected more hits, doubles, triples or stolen bases against them than shortstop Jimmy Rollins, traded from the Phillies to the Dodgers this winter. Rollins has more career hits, triples and runs scored against Miami than against any team, and in 13 games against the Marlins in 2014, he batted .370 with a .460 OBP and a .574 slugging percentage. For good measure, he slugged a walk-off homer to beat Miami in the bottom of the 10th on April 12.

The division rival Braves have traded away a pair of Marlins killers this winter, first sending Jason Heyward to the Cardinals in November, then dealing catcher Evan Gattis to the Astros yesterday.

Since debuting in 2010, Heyward has batted .299 with a .388 OBP in 78 games against the Marlins, saving his best for 2014, when he posted a .377 average and a .415 OBP with 10 RBI in 19 games. Heyward’s 29 hits against Miami last season were the most by any player in Baseball.

And then there’s Evan Gattis, whose numbers alone are impressive but are magnified when you consider when he put them up.

In 2 big league seasons and 27 games, Gattis has hit .289 with a .608 slugging percentage against Miami. His 8 homers against the Marlins equal the most he’s hit against any opponent, while his 22 career RBI against Miami are his most against any foe.

But back to the timing of Gattis’ assault on the Marlins. How about this? All in 2014:

April 21: Hit a walk-off 2-run home run in the bottom of the 10th for a 4-2 victory

April 23: Hit a pinch-hit 2-run double to snap a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the 8th in a 3-1 win

May 1: Snapped a 3-3 tie with a solo home run in the top of the 6th

June 1: Snapped a 2-2 tie with a 2-run homer in the top of the 9th in a 4-2 victory

August 31: Hit a 2nd-inning solo home run, the only run in a 1-0 win

September 6: Hit a 10th-inning solo home run, snapping a 3-3 tie in a 4-3 win.

It’s safe to say the Marlins won’t miss Tyler Clippard, Jimmy Rollins, Jason Heyward and Evan Gattis.

For more on the Marlins and Major League Baseball, follow me on Twitter at @GlennGeffner and friend me on Facebook at Facebook.com/GlennGeffner. To have new Fish Tales posts delivered directly to you via email, please click the “Follow” button and enter your email address. And join me for Marlins Hot Stove talk every Monday night from 7-9 p.m. on AM 940 WINZ, iHeart Radio and Marlins.com/HotStove.

STAT OF THE DAY (AUGUST 9 at CIN)

Marlins pitchers have gone 11 consecutive games without allowing a home run, and tonight have a chance to equal the club record of 12 straight homerless games, set between July 24 and August 4, 2013.

The last opponent to homer against Miami was Jon Singleton of the Astros, who hit a 9th-inning blast off Steve Cishek July 27 at Minute Maid Park.

The Miami streak is the longest in the majors this season, surpassing a 9-gamer by the Padres June 18-27.

Overall this season, Marlins pitchers have surrendered only 83 home runs in 115 games. That’s the 5th-fewest in all of Baseball.

The only clubs whose staffs have been stingier: the Nationals (75), Cardinals (77), Cubs (78) and Padres (81). At the other end of the spectrum are the Rockies, who’ve allowed a major league-high 133 home runs this season.

At their current rate, the Marlins would allow only 117 home runs this season, challenging the club’s single season low of 113, which has stood since 1996.

While the Miami staff hasn’t allowed a homer in the last 13 days, Washington’s Stephen Strasburg served up 4 last night in Atlanta, making him one of 13 pitchers to give up 4 homers in a game this season. No Marlins pitcher has allowed more than 2 in any game in 2014.

That’s today’s the Stat of the Day. To have the Stat of the Day delivered to you directly via e-mail, click the “Follow” button and enter your e-mail address.

The Marlins continue their 3-game series in Cincinnati at 7:10 tonight, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 6:40 with Marlins On Deck. An updated list of network affiliates—and information about how you can tune in online, on your mobile devices or via satellite radio–is located at http://glenngeffner.mlblogs.com/2014/07/22/hear-here-3/

For more on the Marlins and Major League Baseball, follow me on Twitter at @GlennGeffner and friend me on Facebook at Facebook.com/GlennGeffner. To have new Fish Tales posts and the Stat of the Day delivered directly to you via email, please click the “Follow” button and enter your email address. And you can catch Marlins play-by-play on the radio all season long on new flagship station AM 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network.

STAT OF THE DAY (MAY 26 at WAS)

One of the keys to the Marlins’ offensive success this season has been Mike Redmond’s ability to run more or less the same lineup out on a nightly basis because players are 1) healthy and 2) performing.

Through 51 games, the Marlins have employed only 2 starters at 7 of the 8 defensive positions, all but second base.

C (2 starters)—Saltalamacchia (39 starts), Mathis (12)

1B (2)—Jones (46), Baker (5)

2B (4)—Dietrich (32), Baker (10), Lucas (5), Solano (4)

SS (2)—Hechavarria (50), Lucas (1)

3B (2)—McGehee (50), Lucas (1)

LF (2)—Yelich (41), Johnson (10)

CF (2)—Ozuna (45), Yelich (6)

RF (2)—Stanton (50), Lucas (1)

That’s today’s Stat of the Day. To have the Stat of the Day delivered to you directly via e-mail, click the “Follow” button and enter your e-mail address.

The Marlins today play a 1:35 Memorial Day matinee in Washington, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 1:05 with Marlins On Deck. A full list of network affiliates—and information about how you can tune in online, on your mobile devices or via satellite radio–is located at http://glenngeffner.mlblogs.com/2014/03/13/hear-here-2/

For more on the Marlins and Major League Baseball, follow me on Twitter at @GlennGeffner and friend me on Facebook at Facebook.com/GlennGeffner. To have new Fish Tales posts and the Stat of the Day delivered directly to you via email, please click the “Follow” button and enter your email address. And you can catch Marlins play-by-play on the radio all season long on new flagship station AM 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network.

STAT OF THE DAY (4/14 VS. WAS)

For the Marlins to begin a climb in the National League East standings after 3 consecutive last-place finishes, they’re going to have to fare better in their head-to-head match-ups against division rivals.

Six games into a stretch in which they play 18 of 21 games within the division, the Marlins are 0-6 against NL East opponents this season.

Since the start of last season, Miami is 29-53 within the division, having gone 6-13 against the Braves, 5-17 against the Nationals, 7-15 against the Phillies and 11-8 against the Mets.

Looking at the bigger picture, the Marlins are 14-26 over the last 3 seasons against the Nationals after going 50-21 against Washington in the previous 4 years. The Marlins are 23-50 against the Braves since the start of 2010, and Miami’s 26-50 against Philadelphia beginning in 2010.

The one division rival against which the Marlins have fared well is the Mets. Miami was 11-8 vs. New York in 2013 and is 3-1-1 in the last 5 season series against the Mets.

After losing 3 straight in Washington last week, the Marlins get another shot at the Nationals in a 3-game series that opens up at Marlins Park at 7:10 tonight. Join us for all the action beginning with Marlins On Deck at 6:40 on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. A full list of network affiliates—and information about how you can tune in online, on your mobile devices or via satellite radio–is located here: http://glenngeffner.mlblogs.com/2014/03/13/hear-here-2/

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For more on the Marlins and Major League Baseball, follow me on Twitter at @GlennGeffner and friend me on Facebook at Facebook.com/GlennGeffner. And you can catch Marlins play-by-play on the radio all season long on new flagship station AM 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network.

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